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RAN H&SC Alienation, Identity and Intercultural working, Helsinki 23-24 October 2019

The general objective of this ex post paper is to identify risk factors, models and practical proposals to work on the prevention of radicalisation through an intercultural lens. Nowadays, psychosocial and criminological research has provided evidence that alienation, understood as a feeling of social exclusion and marginalisation, can become a contributing factor to violent extremism.

Therefore, in the context of our societies, we must pay attention to those individuals facing migration and/or acculturation processes, since they may be especially vulnerable. The 3N model (needs, narratives and networks) is used as a frame of reference, a psychosocial approach that considers the existence of three fundamental factors to explain the radicalisation process: needs, narratives and networks.

Likewise, other related concepts are addressed, such as identity, acculturation, acculturative stress, prejudice, discrimination and intergroup contact. Based on this framework, practical proposals and recommendations are offered for professionals working with refugees, immigrants and their descendants. Read more


PDF Paper (also available in French and German)